I get a lot of the same questions from people, and figured I would answer them in a blog. This is that blog.
What’s your diet like?
Let me preface this by saying that I’m not going to get detailed here. I’ve give a basic understanding of what my diet is like, but I won’t be going in to specifics. If you don’t live the same lifestyle as me, then you don’t need to follow the same diet that I do. Monday through Saturday I don’t eat anything with artificial ingredients in it. If something occurs in nature, then I can consume it. That includes some preservatives like sea salt and citric acid. I allow myself one cheat day where I eat whatever I want, so I can make up for any calorie deficit and to keep my body adjusting. When done properly, this can trigger your body to pump out more hormones, which can help your recovery/performance.
What does it take to become a professional MMA fighter?
Time and dedication are the two things that are not only needed the most, but also what people seem to be lacking the most. When you’re an amateur fighter, you’re supposed to be figuring out what kind of fighter you are, as in what will work for you and what won’t. There’s a very slim chance that you’ll figure that out in just a few fights, or years even. So in my opinion, patience is the greatest virtue you can have as a fighter.
I’ve noticed your mindset change recently, what happened to make you more driven?
This is the kind of thing that you can never explain to anybody. It came from within myself. I looked myself in the mirror and asked if I was living my life the way I wanted to. I asked myself if I was actually being the person I wanted to be, and be remembered as, and not just trying to portray myself as something I’m not. I realized that most peoples’ opinions are completely irrelevant to myself, what I’ve been through, and what I’m trying to achieve in life. That what other people think has nothing to do with where I end up, but what I actually accomplish is what matters. Once that happened, I started living my life the way I should in order to do the things I want and things started to line up for me the way I wanted them to. I think it’s almost impossible not to stay positive and ride the wave of momentum once you see that actually taking place.